Nestled in the middle of the hills, Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka, is a melting pot of art, craft, culture, and nature. Explore the Kandy city by basing yourself in The Kandy House. Read on for things to do in Kandy – The Kandy House.
Culture & Heritage
Relax in the Botanical Peradeniya Gardens, the “Kew” of Kandy by strolling through the giant greens of University of Paradeniya.
Enjoy a fascinating tour of the British Garrison Cemetery where your guide can bring history to life through his stories.
End a day at the Kandyan Arts Association’s renowned Cultural Show for dance and drumming originally performed for the Kandyan Kings.
Taste the Ceylon Tea Museum, an old tea factory which includes archives of James Taylor who set up the first tea plantation which borders our very own Taylors Hill.
Go north to Matale Heritage Centre which houses Ena de Silva, Sri Lanka’s renowned batik artist.
Worship & Architecture
Visit The Temple of the Tooth to view ceremonies presided over by resident monks and wander to the Devales Shrines.
Discover the glass murals in the serene hill-top Trinity College Chapel.
Venture a little further to the Dambulla Caves and Temple that date back to the first century BC, a complex of caves housing paintings and statues relating to Lord Buddha and his life.
Declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the World, Sigiriya, is an ancient 200m-high rock fortress built by King Kasyapa in AD 495, undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka’s “must-see” destinations.
Be enthralled by ancient crafts by the wooden carvings at the Embekke Devalaya
WILD LIFE & NATURE
Amble around Udawattakelle Sanctuary, 270 acres filled with flora and forest birds, porcupines and monkeys.
Activate a fistful of fitness for The Knuckles Range, with peaks of 1500m, varieties of wildlife in its midst, it’s a beautiful place to hike or bike.
Wash some big hairy babies at Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage and enjoy these magnificent creatures.
Organise a round of Golf at the world class Victoria Golf Course, 12 miles from Kandy with the Knuckles range as a backdrop.
Catch a game at Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, recently renamed to commemorate Sri Lanka’s famous bowler.
Cycles are available at The Kandy House and you can be off and away enjoying the country site, the people and sounds.
Take walk through the local village and lush paddy fields and have chat with chief monk in the local temple.